National politics

Cable’s spiteful rhetoric debunked

Andrew Neil is probably a genius. He totally eviscerated LibDem president Tim Farron this afternoon on the Daily Politics. With one line he also destroyed Vince Cable’s spiteful rhetoric. Yesterday Cable said:

What I will not do is provide cover for ideological descendants of those who sent children up chimneys.

Neil points out that it was the Tory Lord Shaftesbury who led welfare reform in the 1870s. Both Cable and Farron are ignorant of the fact that it was Benjamin Disraeli’s Tory government that passed the 1878 Factories Act which banned children under 10 from working and made schooling up to 10 compulsory. An act that was opposed to by the then Liberal party.

You can perhaps forgive ex-Labour councillor Vince Cable from not knowing Liberal history but not Farron.

3 replies on “Cable’s spiteful rhetoric debunked”

Pity there are not more Shaftesburys (NB the “e”) in the Tory party today.

It was perhaps the contents of a leatherbound gold tooled biography of the Earl who got me interested at school in the emphasis on Social Justice.


Iain Duncan Smith for one. I think that Michael Gove will also come to be seen as a great social reformer too. Both of these men have a transparent desire to lift up the many.



Eccentric though he is Gove certainly has some credentials.

With such poor standards of reading writing and maths among the more deprived classes, schools should finish at 4 p,m, during the warmer months.


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